Singapore fans will finally get to see Melvin Manhoef finish his magic in the cage as he’s been announced as set to meet Brock Larson at ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions. Other than a disappointing no contest with Yoshiyuki Nakanishi due to a clashing of shins, Manhoef has made a remarkable tour in ONE FC and its network partners ROAD FC and DREAM. 2012 saw him turn his record around, and also saw him appear training with Lyoto Machida and cornering him at UFC 157. Larson is also coming off an impressive 2012. After his UFC career, he stepped through KOTC and into ONE FC’s cage – back into the international spotlight. Even with Larson’s 26 submission wins to Manhoef’s 25 KOs, this won’t exactly be a style versus style fight: eight of Larson’s subs came from punches. Nice fight, Matt Hume. Additionally, Manhoef cuts a lot to get to middleweight, so welterweight Larson better bring burgers and lead in his fists for this one. Full press release below.
ONE FC 8: KINGS AND CHAMPIONS
April 5. 2013
Lightweight Championship Match
KOTETSU BOKU (20-7-2) versus SHINYA AOKI (32-6)
Melvin Manhoef (27-9-1) vs Brock Larson (36-7)
Eddie Ng (5-1) vs Arnaud Lepont (9-2)
Leandro Issa (10-3) vs Yusup Saadulaev (9-2-1)
Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals Match 1
Jens Pulver (27-17-1) vs Masakatsu Ueda (16-2-2)
Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals Match 2
Kevin Belingon (10-2) vs Thanh Vu (3-1)
MELVIN MANHOEF VS BROCK LARSON ADDED TO ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS
LIVE BROADCAST IN ASIA ON STAR SPORTS AND AROUND THE WORLD ON WWW.ONEFC.LIVESPORT.TV
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG
26 February 2013 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) announced today that knockout specialist Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (27-9-1) will square off against USA’s very own Brock Larson (36-7-0) at ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS which takes place live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 5 April 2013.
ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be broadcast live on STAR SPORTS across Asia. This historic moment will mark the first time ever a live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event will be broadcast on the network. ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be available live in 28 countries to an estimated 500 million viewers.
Fans from around the world can also witness the action online via livestreaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The undercard fights are available for viewing free-of-charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be the biggest in ONE FC history and features the biggest names in MMA. I’m beyond excited to see two of the most thrilling middleweights in the world square off at the state-of-the art Singapore Indoor Stadium. Melvin Manhoef vs Brock Larson has all the ingredients for a possible Fight of the Night with one of the world’s most-feared strikers squaring off against a grappler who has submitted 24 opponents in his career. I know fans cannot wait to watch these warriors collide on 5 April.”
Manhoef is an MMA legend and KO artist who finished 25 opponents with his thunderous punches. He is a hard-hitting fighter who always looks for the knockout. His reputation inside the cage has been built over the years by defeating some of the world’s best fighters. Be prepared for some exciting action when this experienced fighter lets loose his stunning knockout power and seeks to bring the fight to an early end when he meets Brock Larson at ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS.
Larson is the latest top North American fighter to sign with ONE FC and is one of the most experienced MMA fighters to enter the ONE FC Middleweight division. Larson holds notable wins over John Alessio, Carlo Prater and Mike Pyle. He has worked his way to the top of the North American Welterweight division and is now stepping up a weight-class as he seeks to make a name for himself on the largest stage in Asian MMA. Currently, he is on a three fight win streak and will look to make it four when he locks up with Manhoef on 5 April.
ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS is headlined by a ONE FC Lightweight World Championship bout between reigning champion Kotetsu “No Face” Boku against number one contender Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.
Tickets for ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS are now on sale at SISTIC (www. SISTIC.com.sg). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cage-side experience for VIPs at S$348 followed by Arena – S$148, Terrace – S$68 and Balcony – S$38. Several ticket categories are almost sold out. Get your tickets now. All applicable service charges apply.
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About ONE Fighting Championship™
Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Fighting Championship™ (http://www.onefc.com) is Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization. ONE Fighting Championship™ hosts the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Fighting Championship™ has partnered with STAR Sports, the number one leader in sports content, for an unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that spans across 28 countries in Asia.